(Australian Theatre, Modernism and Modernity, Feminism and Gender)
Denise Varney is Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor of Theatre Studies and co-director of the Australian Centre in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne. She has served as co-convenor of the Feminist Research Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (2010-2015) and Senior Reviews Editor for Theatre Research International and is the Australian Drama Series Editor for Rodopi/Brill Scholarly Press, Amsterdam. She publishes on Brechtian and contemporary German theatre, feminist criticism and performance, women’s theatre, modern Australian Theatre and contemporary drama and performance and supervises research students in these fields. She is the author with Rachel Fensham of The Dolls’ Revolution: Australian Theatre and Cultural Imagination (2005), the contributing editor of Theatre in the Berlin Republic (2008), the author of Radical Visions: The Impact of the Sixties on Australia Drama (2011) and co-author of Theatre in the Asia Pacific (2013). She is currently working on an ARC funded research project on the theatre of Patrick White 1962-2015.
Denise supervises Masters and PhD theses in Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies. She is interested in contemporary German theatre, feminist criticism and performance, women’s theatre, modern Australian theatre and contemporary drama and performance.